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2:25 PM ET, September 28, 2007


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Brian Faughnan / Weekly Standard:
What Limbaugh Said  —  The folks on the Left are beside themselves today—thinking that by dint of a truncated quote, they will succeed in shutting down Rush Limbaugh and taking him off the air.  Before lining up next to the folks from Crooks and Liars, FireDogLake, Media Matters, ThinkProgress …
Horses Mouth:
As you all know, Rush Limbaugh is now coming under fire for saying that troops who favor U.S. withdrawal from Iraq are "phony soldiers."  —  As you also know, President Bush was recently asked at a press conference to comment on the MoveOn ad attacking Mighty Scholar-Warrior Petraeus.
Carpetbagger / The Carpetbagger Report:
Dems unite to slam Limbaugh, GOP silent  —  As a rule, Democrats and their allies are a little slow when it comes to organized outrage.  A high-profile Republican will say or do something that most decent Americans would find outrageous, progressive blogs will call him or her on it … Home:
How Long Is Too Long for Victory?  —  BEGIN TRANSCRIPT  —  RUSH: Mike in Chicago, welcome to the EIB Network.  Hello.  —  CALLER: Hi, Rush, how you doing today?  —  RUSH: Fine, sir, thank you.  —  CALLER: Good.  Why is it that you always just accuse the Democrats of being against the war …
CNN Political Ticker:
Dems seize on Limbaugh's 'phony soldiers' comment  —  WASHINGTON (CNN) — In the wake of the high-profile uproar from Republicans over a ad attacking Gen. David Petraeus, Democrats are seizing on recent comments from popular conservative talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh …
Discussion: The Swamp
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
Hired Gun Fetish  —  Sometimes it seems that the only way to make sense of the Bush administration is to imagine that it's a vast experiment concocted by mad political scientists who want to see what happens if a nation systematically ignores everything we've learned over the past few centuries …
Peggy Noonan / Opinion Journal:
Hear, Hear  —  Americans should not fear talking—and listening—to those whose views we loathe.  —  You don't want to judge Christ by Christians, someone once said.  He is perfect, they are not.  —  In a similar way you don't want to judge capitalism by capitalists …
Discussion: The Corner and Viking Pundit
Sam Schulman / AMERICAN.COM:
Lee Bollinger's Illusory Idealism
Discussion: Israel Matzav Latest:
US Congressman owned home with another man, took DC tax deduction while voting in NC  —  Congressman Patrick T. McHenry (R-NC), right, purchased a residence in Washington, DC's Capital Hill neighborhood with another man, PageOneQ has learned.  While he owned the home, McHenry …
Patrick /
Report: Bohannon's "last legal address was in Blackburn's district."  —  Writing for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Washington correspondent Bartholomew Sullivan reports (emphasis added):  —  But Shuster's apology may have been premature.  The tiny hamlet of Bon Aqua, Tenn. …
Discussion: INSTAPUTZ
Michael Medved /
Six inconvenient truths about the U.S. and slavery  —  Those who want to discredit the United States and to deny our role as history's most powerful and pre-eminent force for freedom, goodness and human dignity invariably focus on America's bloody past as a slave-holding nation.
Jillian / Sadly, No!:
Pick A Bale Of Stupid
Discussion: Lean Left
Dan Morain / Los Angeles Times:
GOP electoral initiative dealt major blows  —  Two key consultants for an effort to change California's winner-take-all system quit over money and disclosure woes.  —  SACRAMENTO — A proposed California initiative campaign that could have helped Republicans hold on to the White House in 2008 …
Andrew Malcolm / Los Angeles Times:
BREAKING NEWS: Electoral initiative backers give up
Peter Baker / Washington Post:
With Legacy in Mind, Bush Reassesses His Agenda  —  As he addresses a conference on climate change this morning, President Bush will face not only a crowd of skeptics but the press of time.  For nearly seven years, he invested little personal energy in the challenge of global warming.
Devlin Barrett / Associated Press:
Clinton: $5,000 for every U.S. baby  —  WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday that every child born in the United States should get a $5,000 "baby bond" from the government to help pay for future costs of college or buying a home.
Discussion: National Review
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
$600K aimed at Clinton
Michelle Malkin:
Reports: Military junta cuts Internet access in Burma; Sniper reportedly killed Japanese journalist Kenji Nagai; Update: Videos added; Update: Worldwide condemnation  —  Update 1:30pm Eastern.  White House blasts Burmese government for Internet shut-off: … Update 11:30am Eastern.  Worldwide condemnation:
Michael D. Shear / Washington Post:
Leading GOP Candidates Skip Debate on Black Issues  —  4 Contenders Attend Fundraisers Instead  —  Fred D. Thompson was at a fundraiser in Franklin, Tenn. Mitt Romney was gathering checks in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif. Rudolph W. Giuliani was in California raking in some last-minute cash just north of Napa.
Garance Franke-Ruta / American Prospect:
AN OBAMA-EYE VIEW OF NEW YORK  —  This photo comes via the big Barack Obama rally in New York last night.  His staff had a scissors lift (a.k.a. a cherry-picker) and was taking photographers — and, by the end of the evening, print reporters as well — up in it to get crowd shots.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
The Islamic Reformation  —  Those who call for an Islamic 'Reformation' are missing the point: it has already happened, unfortunately.  —  Since 2001 a plethora of writers have made calls for an Islamic "Reformation".  Many hopes (and careers) are pinned on the idea, but there is no such thing coming.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Wanted: Democratic Straight Talk on Iraq  —  Yes, you heard it right: At the Dartmouth College debate Wednesday evening, not one of the three leading Democratic candidates could pledge that all U.S. combat troops would be out of Iraq by the end of his or her first term as president.
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